Monday, February 28, 2022

Boughs & Blossoms Fancy Sketch for February!

I hope you have seen all the AMAZING Fancy Friday sketch challenge cards that have been posted over on Instagram & Facebook this month!  *Hint-hint...things are posted more frequently than Friday!  😏  And now today...the last day of the month...I get to share my card!

Colors Misty Moonlight, Magenta Madness, Just Jade, Whisper White, Gold
Inks: Magenta Madness, Just Jade, Memento Black
Cardstock/Papers: Misty Moonlight, Pool Party, Whisper White, Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, Abstract Beauty Specialty Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Boughs & Blossoms
Tools: Water Painter, Stitched So Sweetly Dies
Accessories: Iridescent Rhinestone Jewels, Baker's Twine Essentials Pack

This sketch was fun, and this card is a bit out of my "norm."  My colors are used, for sure.  Haha. just feels more busy with that pattern.  But I LOVE LOVE this pattern paper!  It is the Abstract Beauty 4"x6" Speciality Designer Series Paper!  And it is FABULOUS!  Check out all the fun patterns in this easy to use 4x6 size!

And here are some more details of the card up close!  I watercolored over the greeting to add a bit of color in a fun way.  That Polished Pink flower makes my heart swoon!  And I LOVE the Iridescent Rhinestones Basic Jewels.  They make ANY project fun!  

I hope you enjoy!  OH!  I need to show you the fun sketch this card was based on!

Please let me know if you have any questions!  And I would LOVE to help you get all the Stampin' Up! products that you need!  So please let me know what help you need!  Thank you so much for visiting!


Friday, February 25, 2022

Blending Sea Life ... TGIF Challenge 357!

Hey!  Ashley here, from the TGIF Challenges Design Team, to share another TGIF Challenge with you! This time it is a product spotlight/technique challenge!  I had a lot of fun with this one! AND it is pretty quick & easy for a technique!  Winning!!  AND...I even have 4 cards to share with you!  So without further are the cards I made!  

Colors Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Polished Pink, Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, Basic Black, White
Inks: Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Polished Pink, Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, VersaMark
Cardstock/Papers: Basic White, Basic White Thick, Basic Black
Stamps: Friends Are Like Seashells
Tools: Heat Tool, Blending Brushes, Seashells 3D Embossing Folder, Sea Life Dies
Accessories: Basics Embossing Powder, Artistry Blooms Adhesive-Backed Sequins, Baker's Twine Essentials Pack

Yes...I made four!  But kept them all the same layout.  I love the variation that the different colors create though.  Because the blending is the cool part...which is what this challenge is!

I will share real quick what I did to do this blending, but it really is so easy.  I just took a piece of Basic White cardstock and used the Blending Brushes to add color to it!  I didn't worry too much about it looking "smooth" or anything.  I wanted "chunks" of color variation and stuff.  This is what the cardstock looked like when I was done...

I used Polished Pink, Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, and Mango Melody. is NOT super smooth and blended.  If you want to make it more for a background or something...just keep blending!  I just then picked the spots I wanted to die-cut from, added my dies, and cut them out!  Look how cute they are! 

Then I just kept the layout these cuties would pop!  You could obviously easily make these with any sentiment for any occasion.  I happened to need some thank you' that is the greeting I used.  Let's check them out up overload warning!

Which one is your favorite?!  I'm obsessed with these, if I'm being honest.  Haha.  Love looking at them!  

Now you can go play along!  Just head on over to the TGIF Challenge Blog and play along!!!  Let me know if you have any questions!  

And let me know how I can help you get your hands on some Stampin' Up! supplies!


Thursday, February 24, 2022

For The Record...

FUN FACT about me...I ALWAYS say "For the Record!"  I don't know why, but I will say it with things like, "For the record...I miss you."  Or "For the record...I was just kidding."  Or a million on things.  So when I saw this stamp set...I WAS SO EXCITED!!!!  So here is my first (OF MANY!) cards using this stamp set!

Colors Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Polished Pink, Basic Black
Inks: Coastal Cabana, Memento Black, Polished Pink Blends Markers
Cardstock/Papers: Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper
Stamps: For the Record
Tools: Sponge Daubers, Water Painter, Heat Tool, Layering Circles Dies
Accessories: Metallics Embossing Powder, Basics Embossing Powder, Sequins for Everything

Another fun fact...I LOVE music, songs that speak to my soul & help me process my emotions, etc, etc.  So I am SO GLAD this sentiment is in this stamp set!  I LOVE IT!!!

***FUN TIP*** I used the LAYERING CIRCLES DIES to die-cut the record.  The largest circle cut it out PERFECTLY!  

That gold embossing is 😍!  Just used a sponge dauber to add some versamark to the paper, after doing a watercolor wash.  Then added some Gold Embossing Powder, smeared it around a bit with my finger, then used the heat tool to melt it! 

I also stamped the record in Memento Black, and then quickly added clear embossing powder to it.  I LOVE the glossy, real-like feel it gives!  

I hope you enjoy this card!  Thank you so much for visiting!  Please let me know if you have any questiosn!  And don't forget about the special I am offering this week!


Monday, February 21, 2022

Rainbow Birthday For Me!!!

 Well...IT IS MY BIRTHDAY TODAY!!  WOOT!  So I have TWO fun things to share today! 

1.  I am sharing the fun rainbow card below!!!

2.  I am offering a FUN SPECIAL on Stampin' Up! products this week to celebrate!!!  YAY!

What?!  A FUN SPECIAL?!  Tell me more, right?!  πŸ˜€. it is!  For every $1 that you spend on Stampin' Up! products this week, using my birthday hostess code, I will give you 20% back in FREE Stampin' Up! products!  AND it is still Sale-A-Bration!!  SO YES!  You can earn those free benefits as well!!! a $50 order and earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item ALONG WITH $10 in anything else FREE from me!   


  • Head to my website:
  • Place your order using HOSTESS CODE  QZDCRC2P by February 28th!
  • Don't forget to choose your FREE Sale-A-Bration items if you qualify for those! 
  • Drop me an email with the free products you want! 
I will then place the order for all the free products at the end of the week and get them to you as soon as they are in my hands!  πŸ’ͺ Now...side note for you big spenders, or those that want to get together to gather some orders from friends.  IF YOUR ORDER IS OVER $150...please do NOT use the hostess code.  You will STILL get your benefits from me!  But if your order is over $ ALSO get FREE Hostess Benefits from Stampin' Up!  

SOUND FUN!?  I think so too!  Let me know if you have any questions!  

ON TO THE RAINBOW CARD!!!!  Happy Birthday to ME!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Rainbow of Happiness Bundle!  It is INCREDIBLE and so much fun to use!  For this card I used the dies to make this fun bold rainbow...

Colors Polished Pink, Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Basic Black, Whisper White
Inks: Polished Pink, Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, VersaMark
Cardstock/Papers: Whisper White, Gold Foil Paper, Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, 6x6 Brights Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Artistically Inked
Tools: Water Painter, Brilliant Rainbow Dies, Heat Tool, Basic Pattern Decorative Masks, Palette Knives
Accessories: Baker's Twine Essentials Pack, Shaker Shapes

I die cut the rainbow pieces from Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, and then watercolored my paper.  Colors used: Polished Pink, Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana. 

I also used the FABULOUS Shimmer White Embossing Paste on the background...

LOVE the texture and shimmer that adds!  I super love this rainbow along with the pop of that black & white greeting!  

So many fun details.  That rainbow border is INCREDIBLE!  I am obsessed with that!  And those fun little stars are fun the shaker shapes.  And are SO CUTE!  

One last look:

What do you think?!  I hope you enjoy!  Thank you so much for visiting!  Please let me know if you have any questions!  And take advantage of my BIRTHDAY SPECIAL this week!  


Saturday, February 19, 2022

In The Moment In Black & White!

Do you love the "sketchy" stamp sets?!  You know...the ones of fun sketches of people & things that make you feel like you just drew just a pretty work of art?!  Well...I do too!  But sometimes...I don't end up using them because I don't have time to color them all in and stuff.  SO TODAY I am sharing you another option!  Keep them in black & white!  I used the In The Moment Stamp Set from the January-June Mini Catalog.  And look how cute it turned out!

Colors Polished Pink, Whisper White, Basic Black
Inks: Memento Black
Cardstock/Papers: Whisper White, Polished Pink
Stamps: In the Moment
Tools: Stitched Rectangles Dies, Ice Cream Cone Builder Punch, Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder
Accessories:  Adhesive-Backed Sequins, Linen Thread

I love the pop of pink.  And I love that202 this card was so easy and quick to make! 

And can you guess what that scallop is?!  It is made with the ICE CREAM CONE BUILDER PUNCH! 
Just punch the ice cream scoop out and then adhere it to the back of the cardstock...with the scallop peeking out!  πŸ’•

See this cute little ice cream scoop shape:

I hope you enjoy!  And I hope you use these ideas if they inspire you!  Thanks so much for visiting!  Please let me know if you have any questions or need any help with anything!  Would love to help you with any of your papercrafting needs!


Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Golden Friendly Hello!!

Why HELLO there!  Can you believe there are just a few more week in the FABULOUS Sale-A-Bration promotion?!  (This is the promotion that you can earn FREE exclusive products just for ordering fabulous Stampin' Up! supplies!  πŸ’•) Did you know there is a Sale-A-Bration BUNDLE in the Sale-A-Bration brochure?!  And I can't stop using it!  It is called the Friendly Hello Bundle...and comes with a darling stamp set & Designer Series Paper Pack!  I kinda can't stop using it...and I am sharing the lastest card that I have made with it today! 

Colors Pool Party, Petal Pink, Fresh Freesia, Whisper White, Gold
Inks: Pool Party, VersaMark
Cardstock/Papers: Pool Party, Fresh Freesia, Vellum
Stamps: Friendly Hello
Tools: Sponge Daubers, Bough Punch, Heat Tool, Bark 3D Embossing Folder
Accessories:  Adhesive-Backed Hexagons, Baker's Twine Essentials Pack, Metallics Embossing Powders, Heart & Home Doilies

This is one of those cards that I just couldn't stop playing with.  I kept adding little textures and details.  Let's examine this a little closer, shall we?!  πŸ˜€

First of all...look at the shine of that Gold Embossing Powder.  SWOON!  πŸ’• So I just kept adding it.  Haha.  I embossed the greeting.  Then I added some "dipped" embossing to the punched pieces.  Then I "splattered" it around the card.  ***TIP:  Take a sponge dauber and just pounce it on the card where you want some shimmer.  Add gold embossing powder.  Then, BEFORE heating, take a small paint brush and dust off some of the powder where it may get too "heavy" on the powder.  Then VOILA!  Some splattered and dipped gold! 

I also LOVE the floral detail behind that GORGEOUS doily!  ***TIP!  The doilies are from the January-June Mini Catalog!  They are the Heart & Home Doilies...and you get 30 of them for $5.00!! (US) And they are FABULOUS quality.  There are 3 different colors and then the back side of all of them is white! of the best deals out there!  I LOVE this delicate doily! 

That punched detail is one of my fave things also.  It is the Bough Punch, also in the January-June Mini Catalog.  I punched a few from the Fresh Freesia Cardstock, and then also from Vellum Cardstock.  Then just layered them together with a double Baker's Twine bow.  Pretty & delicate!

Those first details are definitely the stars of the show.  But I kinda really love these supporting stars.  Love the distressed corners...carrying on with some gold splatter & dipping...and that embossed background layer to just add a little bit of texture.  And those HEXAGON embellishments...SWOON!!!! 😍 SWOON!!!! 😍  MAJOR SWOON!!!!! 😍

I had so much fun making this card!  Did any of this inspire you to get creating?!  Getting my bum into my craft room and getting some paper in my hands just helps so much with my stress & anxiety in life.  Going through the last few years of a pandemic...well it has taught me a lot about myself.  And one thing is really how grateful I am for the craft!  I truly love it!  

Before I forget!  Here is that fabulous Friendly Hello Bundle that you can earn FREE! this month!

And since I love it so last look at the card!

Would love to hear what you think!  Thanks for stopping by my little spot here!  😊  Please let me know if you have any questions!  I would  love to help!  I am also here to help you get your hands on your own Stampin' Up! products!  So let me know how I can help you place your order!  

Hope you enjoy!


Thursday, February 10, 2022

Cactus Cuties Hello for TGIF Challenge #355!

HELLO!  Isn't that such a fun word & fun thing to say hello to someone, right?!  So who wouldn't love to receive a fun hello in the mail?!  Especially one made with the cutest card sketch!  😍Thank you, TGIF Challenge #355 for giving us a fabulous card sketch!  (See the sketch below!)  That sketch was the inspiration for these Cactus Cuties!!!!

Colors Polished Pink, Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green, Basic Black, Whisper White
Inks: Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Basic Gray, VersaMark
Cardstock/Papers: Whisper White, Polished Pink, Basic Black, Sunshine & Rainbows Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Cactus Cuties
Tools: Cactus Builder Punch, Water Painter, Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder, Hippo & Friends Dies, Heat Tool
Accessories: Linen Thread, From My Heart Faceted Gems, White Stampin' Emboss Powder

I have been dying to make something with this Cactus Cutie Bundle (Hello!!!  A fun & bold stamp set with cutie cacti & a coordinating punch?!  Yes, please!!! πŸ’•) And this is the first one I made!  Once again...thanks TGIF Challenges!  Hee.  Speaking of TGIF is the sketch for the week!  Isn't it darling?! 

Also something else that is darling...I LOVE this rainbow stripe paper! πŸ’— And you can only earn this FREE until the end of the month!  You don't want to miss out!  Check out the Sale-A-Bration Brochure (CLICK HERE) to see everything you can earn free.  Then also check out the January-June Mini Catalog (CLICK HERE) & the Annual Catalog (CLICK HERE) to see what products you need to help you earn your Sale-A-Bration items!  Because, again, look at this CUTE paper!!! 

And then look at these CUTE CACTI!!!  πŸ’–

Want one last look at the full card?!  Here you go!  

And is the full stamp set & punch that I used for this card!  Along with the FABULOUS Sale-A-Bration FREE Designer Series Paper!

Now you just need to head to the TGIF CHALLENGE BLOG and come play along with us!  You will love seeing what the other TGIF Challenge Design Team Members created with this sketch!  Use it for inspiration or just use the sketch...but make something with it and share it on the blog!  Can't wait to see what you do!  


"Daubing" With Blessings of Home!

 Do you like coloring on your papercrafting projects?!  Is that soothing & relaxing to you or just time-consuming & annoying?!  Personally...I LOVE coloring.  It is totally calming for me.  BUT...sometimes I am in a hurry or need to make a bunch of the same card or whatever else that just doesn't make it feasible to do any detail coloring.  But I still want to add a pop of color.  Welcome to SPONGE DAUBERS!  I love these things!  (Picture of them at bottom for reference.) I used them to add some color to this image that was stamped with the Blessing of Home Stamp Set.  It is quick, easy, & CUTE!  

Colors Soft Sea Foam, Petal Pink, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Inks: Soft Sea Foam, Petal Pink, Soft Suede, Memento Black
Cardstock/Papers: Soft Sea Foam, Petal Pink, Whisper White
Stamps: Blessing of Home
Tools: Sponge Daubers, Water Painter (for splatter)
Accessories: Linen Thread, Artistry Blooms Adhesive-Backed Sequins

See how easy!  Stamp your image, daub your dauber into your ink choice, "daub" onto the image where you want that color, 

***TIP: I "daub" off on scratch paper first to avoid getting a super heavy concentration of color on my first daub on my image

and then rub in circles around image to get a little variation of color.  The point of this is to NOT have it look perfect & clean!  You WILL go out of the lines, and I LOVE that part.  It is artistic...not perfect.  😁 I also added some splatter and distressing to add some texture and detail to this fairly simple card.  

Check out the details!

I really love this card!  It is very pretty & feminine to me...without a ton of "fluff."  And, as promised, here is what the sponge daubers are...for reference!

So what do you think?!  Want to try this technique!  I hope so!  Go give it a whirl and let me know how it goes!  Let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks so much for visiting!  Let me know if I can help you with any of your papercrafting needs!  I would love to help!  

Hello Ladybug for Inspirational TGIF Challenge #469!!

Just a fun quick post today to share this weeks fun TGIF Challenge!  Are you going to play along?  I hope so!  First - I want to share the c...